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Full Name: Republic of Mauritius
Capital City: Port Louis
Language Spoken: Creole 80.5%, Bhojpuri 12.1%, French 3.4%, English (official; spoken by less than 1% of the population), other 3.7%, unspecified 0.3% (2000 census)
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20 17 S, 57 33 E
lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m highest point: Mont Piton 828 m
cyclones (November to April); almost completely surrounded by reefs that may pose maritime hazards
arable land, fish
arable land: 49.02% permanent crops: 2.94% other: 48.04% (2005)
water pollution, degradation of coral reefs
Warm coastal climate (particularly January to April), with relatively little seasonal variation in temperatures, although they are generally slightly lower inland, with more rain on the plateau around Curepipe. Cyclones may occur between November and February. Sea breezes blow all year, especially on the east coast. Required clothing Tropical lightweights, with warmer wear for evenings and winter months (July to September). Rainwear advisable all year round. In the summer months, sun-care products and a hat are advisable.
time difference: UTC+4
1,240,827 (July 2006 est.)
0-14 years: 23.9% (male 149,486/female 147,621) 15-64 years: 69.5% (male 430,288/female 431,753) 65 years and over: 6.6% (male 31,939/female 49,740) (2006 est.)
total: 30.8 years male: 30 years female: 31.8 years (2006 est.)
0.82% (2006 est.)
15.43 births/1,000 population (2006 est.)
6.86 deaths/1,000 population (2006 est.)
-0.4 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2006 est.)
at birth: 1.02 male(s)/female under 15 years: 1.01 male(s)/female 15-64 years: 1 male(s)/female 65 years and over: 0.64 male(s)/female total population: 0.97 male(s)/female (2006 est.)
total population: 72.63 years male: 68.66 years female: 76.66 years (2006 est.)
1.95 children born/woman (2006 est.)
Safari suits are often worn in business circles. Appointments should be made. English is widely understood in the business community. Handshaking is the customary form of greeting. It is appropriate to give a gift as a small token of appreciation if invited for a meal. Office hours are 0900-1600 Monday to Friday; 0900-1200 Saturday
Petty crime is common and travelers are advised to common sense precautions such as keeping an eye on personal belongings and avoiding crowds.
There are an abundance of hotels throughout the island and a number of smaller family holiday bungalows. From June to September and during the Christmas season, reservations should be made in advance.
Telephone IDD service is available in Mauritius. The country code is 230 and there are no area codes. The outgoing international code is 00. There are a limited number of public telephone booths, mainly at the airport and in major hotels. Most hotels have fax facilities. Telegram messages can be sent from the Mauritius Telecommunications Service offices at Cassis and Port Louis. There are also facilities at Overseas Telecoms Services Ltd, Rogers House, President John F Kennedy Street, Port Louis. Airmail to Western Europe usually takes five days, four to six weeks by sea. Post office hours: Generally 0900-1100 and 1200-1600 Monday to Friday; 0800-1100 Saturday.
220 volts AC, 50Hz. UK-type three-pin plugs are commonly used in hotels.
Standards of cuisine, whether French, Creole, Indian, Chinese or English, are generally very high but fruit, meat, vegetables and even fresh seafood are often in short supply and restaurants must usually depend on imports.
? Venison (in season).
? Camarons (freshwater prawns) in hot sauces.
? Fresh pineapple with chilli sauce.
? Rice with curry.
? Dholl purri is a wheat pancake stuffed with dholl and dipped in tomato sauce.
? Samosas. National drinks:
? Alouda (almond drink).
? Fresh coconut milk. Things to know: Waiter service is normal in restaurants and bars.
10 per cent is usual in most hotels and restaurants. Tips are not customary for taxi drivers.
In Grand Baie and some towns there are discos and nightclubs with music and dancing. Rivi?re Noire is a Creole fishermen's district where sega dancing is especially lively on Saturday nights. Sega troupes give performances at most hotels. Gamblers are lavishly catered for; casinos in the island's hotels are amongst the island's attractions.
Passport valid for at least six months from date of entry required by all. Passports issued by the Government of Taiwan, homelands of Botsphutatswana, Ciskei, Transkei, Venda or any other homeland and the Turkish Republic of Cyprus are not recognized. The holders of such documents can apply for an entry permit to the Passport and Immigration Officer (see address below).
All visitors must hold valid tickets and documents for their onward or return journey and adequate funds for their intended length of stay.
Required by all except the following:
(a) nationals of countries referred to in the chart above for stays up to three months;
(b) nationals of Commonwealth countries, except nationals of India (see below) and nationals of Bangladesh, Cameroon, Fiji, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Swaziland, who do require a visa for stays of up to three months;
(c) nationals of Bahrain, Hong Kong (SAR), Israel, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Oman, Qatar, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vatican City and Zimbabwe for stays of up to three months;
(d) nationals of China (PR), India, Jordan and Lebanon for tourist stays of up to 15 days;
(e) transit passengers continuing their journey to a third country within 24 hours provided holding valid onward or return documentation and not leaving the airport.
Tourist, Business and Social, each available as single- or multiple-entry. Visas are issued free of charge.
Tourist/Business visas: Up to three months. Applications for extensions should be made to the relevant authority (see below).
Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy or High Commission); see Passport/Visa Information.
(a) Nationals of Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay can obtain a visa on arrival for stays of up to three months. (b) Nationals of Korea (Rep) can obtain a visa on arrival for stays of up to 16 days. (c) Nationals of Albania, Bulgaria, CIS, Comoro Islands, Fiji, Madagascar and Romania can obtain a visa on arrival for stays of up to two weeks. Extensions are possible. These visas can be issued from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport or the Passport and Immigration Office in Port Louis (see Passport/Visa Information). (d) Nationals of Afghanistan, Algeria, Congo (Dem Rep), Iraq, Iran, Liberia, Libya, Nigeria, Sudan and Yemen should obtain a visa before traveling to Mauritius, even if they are on transit.
(a) Valid passport. (b) Completed application form. (c) Two passport-size photos. (d) Photocopy of passport page with date of birth. (e) Proof of sufficient funds (at least US$50 per day or equivalent, or at least US$100 per day for some other nationals). (f) Proof of accommodation such as hotel booking or letter of invitation. (g) Self-addressed stamped envelope. (h) Appropriate documents for the next destination, including return or onward tickets.
Varies according to nationality of applicant. Most can be issued within seven days but can take up to one month.
Residence permits are issued by the Passport and Immigration Officer, Sterling House, Lislet Geoffrey Street, Port Louis (tel: 210 9312-9). Work permits are necessary for those taking up employment.
Test is performed on arrival when foreigners are applying for work or residency permit
32-33 Elvaston Place, London SW7 5NW, UK
Tel: (020) 7581 0294-8.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0930-1200 (consular section); 0930-1700 (general enquiries).
Also deals with tourism enquiries.
4301 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 441, NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
Tel: (202) 244 1491/2.
Also deals with enquiries from Canada.
Most visits to Mauritius are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
Drug trafficking carries severe penalties.
This advice is based on information provided by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office in the UK. It is correct at time of publishing. As the situation can change rapidly, visitors are advised to contact the following organizations for the latest travel advice:
Mauritian Rupee (MUR) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of MUR2000, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 25. Coins are in denominations of MUR10, 5 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, and 5 cents.
There are no limits on the import or export of local or foreign currency.
Mon-Thurs 0915-1515, Fri 0915-1530, Sat 0915-1115 (except for Bank of Mauritius). Some banks may open Mon-Fri 0900-1700. Banks are also open to coincide with the arrival and departure of international flights at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport.
Available in banks and at bureaux de change. A better rate of exchange can be obtained on traveller's cheques than on cash.
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted by most banks, hotels, restaurants and tourist shops. Check with your credit, or debit, card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services which may be available. ATMs are available.
May be exchanged at banks, hotels and authorized dealers.
|City/Region||City/Area code||Followed by|
|Agalega||814||+ 4 digits|
|Albion||558||+ 4 digits|
|Baie Du Cap||621||+ 4 digits|
|Bambous||552||+ 4 digits|
|Beau Bassin||574||+ 4 digits|
|Bel Air||519||+ 4 digits|
|Bel Ombre||623||+ 4 digits|
|Belle Mare||515||+ 4 digits|
|Bris?e Verdi?re||518||+ 4 digits|
|Camp De Masque||516||+ 4 digits|
|Candos||528||+ 4 digits|
|Cap Malheureux||562||+ 4 digits|
|Chemin Grenier||622||+ 4 digits|
|Coromandel||533||+ 4 digits|
|Dagoti?re||581||+ 4 digits|
|Dubreuil||665||+ 4 digits|
|Flacq||539||+ 4 digits|
|Flic En Flac||553||+ 4 digits|
|Flic-En-Flac||403||+ 4 digits|
|Floreal||698||+ 4 digits|
|Forest Side||676||+ 4 digits|
|Glen Park||684||+ 4 digits|
|Goodlands||582||+ 4 digits|
|Government Centre||201||+ 4 digits|
|Grand Bay||563||+ 4 digits|
|Grand Bois||617||+ 4 digits|
|Grand Gaube||568||+ 4 digits|
|La Ferme||832||+ 4 digits|
|La Gaulette||551||+ 4 digits|
|La Prairie||620||+ 4 digits|
|Le Morne||450||+ 4 digits|
|L'Escalier||636||+ 4 digits|
|Long Mountain||545||+ 4 digits|
|Mahebourg||631||+ 4 digits|
|Mapou||556||+ 4 digits|
|Moka||534||+ 4 digits|
|Montagne Blanche||537||+ 4 digits|
|Nouvelle France||677||+ 4 digits|
|Olivia||414||+ 4 digits|
|Pailles||506||+ 4 digits|
|Pamplemousses||543||+ 4 digits|
|Piton||554||+ 4 digits|
|Plaine Verte||542||+ 4 digits|
|Plaisance||637||+ 4 digits|
|Pointe Aux Sables||535||+ 4 digits|
|Port Louis||512||+ 4 digits|
|Poste Lafayette||591||+ 4 digits|
|Quartier Militaire||555||+ 4 digits|
|Quatre Soeurs||517||+ 4 digits|
|Riche-En-Eau||633||+ 4 digits|
|Ripailles||501||+ 4 digits|
|Riviere Coco||831||+ 4 digits|
|Rivi?re Des Anguilles||626||+ 4 digits|
|Rivi?re Du Rempart||502||+ 4 digits|
|Roches Noires||411||+ 4 digits|
|Rose Belle||627||+ 4 digits|
|Rose Hill||566||+ 4 digits|
|Seizi?me Mile||664||+ 4 digits|
|Signal Mountain||217||+ 4 digits|
|Souillac||625||+ 4 digits|
|Tamarin||583||+ 4 digits|
|Terre Rouge||549||+ 4 digits|
|Tombeau Bay||547||+ 4 digits|
|Triolet||561||+ 4 digits|
|Trou Aux Biches||505||+ 4 digits|
|Trou D'Eau Douce||580||+ 4 digits|
|Vieux Grand Port||634||+ 4 digits|
Reasonable dental care can be found in the capital - Port Louis
Some international medication is available from the larger pharmacies and hospitals in the larger towns and cities.
Blood supplies are considered safe and screened to international standards
Medical facilities are available, but more limited than in the West. Emergency assistance is limited. While public hospitals and clinics provide free care, many visitors may choose to be treated by private doctors and hospitals
Recent medical and dental exams should ensure that the traveler is in good health. Carry appropriate health and accident insurance documents and copies of any important medical records. Bring an adequate supply of all prescription and other medications as well as any necessary personal hygiene items, including a spare pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses if necessary. Drink only bottled beverages (including water) or beverages made with boiled water. Do not use ice cubes or eat raw seafood, rare meat or dairy products. Eat well-cooked foods while they are still hot and fruits that can be peeled without contamination. Avoid roadside stands and street vendors. Swim only in well-maintained, chlorinated pools or ocean water known to be free from pollution; avoid freshwater lakes, streams and rivers. Wear clothing which reduces exposed skin and apply repellents containing DEET to remaining areas. Sleep in well-screened accommodations. Carry anti-diarrheal medication. Reduce problems related to sun exposure by using sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats, sunscreen lotions and lip protection.
AIDS occurs. Blood supply may not be adequately screened and/or single-use, disposable needles and syringes may be unavailable. When possible, travelers should defer medical treatment until reaching a facility where safety can be assured. High constant humidity may affect persons with arthritic conditions. Sinusitis and hay fever sufferers are affected during July and August when the sugarcane flowers and awaits cutting.
Hepatitis A: Consider active immunization with hepatitis A vaccine or passive immunization with immune globulin (IG) for all susceptible travelers. Especially consider choosing active immunization for persons planning to reside for a long period or for persons who take frequent short-term trips to risk areas. The importance of protection against hepatitis A increases as length of stay increases. It is particularly important for persons who will be living in or visiting rural areas, eating or drinking in settings of poor or uncertain sanitation, or who will have close contact with local persons (especially young children) in settings with poor sanitary conditions. Hepatitis B: Vaccination is advised for health care workers, persons anticipating direct contact with blood from or sexual contact with inhabitants, and persons planning extended stays of 6 months or greater (especially those who anticipate using local health care facilities, staying in rural areas, or having intimate contact with the local population). Polio: A one-time booster dose is recommended for travelers who have previously completed a standard course of polio immunization. Refer to CDC guidelines for vaccinating unimmunized or incompletely immunized persons. Pregnancy is a relative contraindication to vaccination; however, if protection is needed, either IPV or OPV may be used, depending on preference and time available. Typhoid: Vaccination should be considered for persons staying longer than 3 weeks, adventurous eaters, and those who will venture off the usual tourist routes into small cities, villages and rural areas. Importance of vaccination increases as access to reasonable medical care becomes limited. Contraindications depend on vaccine type. Note: All routine vaccines (such as DTP or Td, Hib, MMR, polio, varicella, influenza and pneumococcal) should be kept up-to-date as a matter of good health practice unrelated to travel.
Insect-borne diseases: are major causes of illness. Many diseases are endemic, with only scattered cases being reported and, from time to time, more extensive outbreaks. Dengue fever - occurs Filariasis - prevalent Leishmaniasis - occurs (both cutaneous and visceral types may be found, particularly in the drier areas) Relapsing fever - occurs Typhus - occurs (louse-, flea-, and tick-borne types occur) Food-borne and water-borne illness: highly endemic. The dysenteries and diarrheal diseases, giardiasis, the typhoid fevers and viral hepatitis are widespread. Echinococcosis (hydatid disease) is widespread in animal-breeding areas. Dracunculiasis - occurs Helminthic (parasitic worm) infections - prevalent Schistosomiasis - common Other hazards: High levels of immunization coverage have reduced the incidence of diseases such as measles and diphtheria. Polio is still considered a possible risk, although no cases have been reported in recent years. Influenza risk extends throughout the year. Rabies - reportedly rabies-free (although this status is considered provisional) Trachoma - prevalent
AIDS: According to the Department of State, testing is required for foreigners planning to work or seek permanent residence. Foreign test results are accepted under certain conditions. Contact Mauritius' embassy for details. Yellow fever: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travelers over 1 year of age coming from infected areas. A certificate is also required from travelers arriving from countries in the endemic zones.
No recent disease outbreaks
|City Clinic||Sir Edgar Laurent Street Port Louis|
|Clinique Darne Medical & Surgical Centre Ltd||Rue Georges Guibert Floreal|
|Clinique de Lorette||Higgingson Street Curepipe|
|Clinique du Nord||Royal Road Tombeau bay Port Louis|
|Doctor R. A. G. Jeetoo Hospital||Volcy Street Port Louis|
|Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital||Rose Belle|
|Medisave Medical Centre||29 Saint Jean Road Quatre Bornes|
|Medpoint Clinic||Sayed Hossed Road - Solferino - Vacoas - Phoenix Port Louis|
|Moka Eye Hospital||Moka|
|Nouvelle Clinique du Bon Pasteur||Thorny Pitot Street Rose Hill|
|Princess Margaret Orthopaedic Hospital||(Victoria Hospital) Candos|
|Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam National||Pamplemousses|